My first grader has delightfully quirky taste in books and I confess, I picked this one up for the cover alone. To my amusement this was a really funny read. Shapiro's artwork is to die for but the story is awfully cute. Ooko just wants a friend and she (okay, I know the blurb says he but no where in the actual book was he gendered and my daughter defaults to she) tries some interesting ways to get one.
If you're a parent who dreads story time because all your kids' reads are annoyingly princess filled and insipid, check out Ooko. If it doesn't break up the storytime routine with classic lessons presented in a fun way I don't know what will.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Ooko by Esme Shapiro
Children, Friendship, Animals
Print (40 pages, TUNDRA)
Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected!
A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself. (Ages 3-7)